In the most unsurprising iPhone announcement to date, Apple today unveiled its 6th Generation smartphone, the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5, which will ship Friday, September 21st, features everything we expected from the numerous leaks that preceded its announcement: a glass and aluminum shell, a 4-inch Retina touchscreen, a faster A6 processor, a smaller “Lightning” dock connector, LTE “4G” wireless support, iOS6, and improved cameras.
Pre-orders begin this Friday, likely around 12AM Pacific time. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint will offer the phone for $199 (16GB), $299 (32GB) and $399 (64GB) on contract.
The iPhone 5 will be available in either black (shown) or white. You can learn more about the iPhone 5 here.
The last week has been filled with iPhone 5 news items that seem to be important markers on the way to the device’s highly-anticipated release this fall.
First, we got confirmation from Reuters of the new, smaller Dock Connector that had been rumored for some time. A pain for owners with many Dock Connector accessories, this update will nonetheless be a welcome one for fans of smaller cables. USB 3.0?
Next, there was a series of photos, including the one above, which iLab Factory purports to be of a fully assembled, ready to roll iPhone 5 production unit. These photos aren’t fuzzy, sneaked shots of a prototype in a darkened closet, but full-on, high-res images of what looks to be a handset that matches every rumor and leak we’ve seen over the last few weeks.
And finally, iMore.com is reporting that Apple will announce the iPhone 5 – and perhaps the new “iPad mini” and next-gen iPod nano as well – on September 12, with new products shipping the following Friday, September 21 – the first day (though not full day) of fall. This is the least reliable of the recent news regarding the 6th Generation iPhone, but it sounds right to us. If true, there are just 44 days until we get our first official look at the hardware and are told how the design team at Apple started from scratch again to build the best phone ever.
We all knew the New iPad – aka iPad 3 – was going on sale Friday. What we didn’t know was exactly who would be selling Apple’s latest tablet on launch day. But now we do.
Apple has announced that – aside from Apple Retail Stores – Sam’s Club, Walmart, Radio Shack and Best Buy will all have the New iPad on March 16th. Verizon Wireless and AT&T retail stores will also be selling their respective LTE/3G models, eager for you to start shelling out dough for their wireless data services.
U.S. stores are expected to begin selling the iPad 3 at 8:00AM local time on Friday. In addition, the New iPad will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, the UK, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands that same day.
When the New iPad went on sale Wednesday, first-in-line pre-orders were set to arrive on buyers’ doorsteps Friday, March 16th. This is no longer the case.
As of this afternoon, iPad 3 online pre-orders are showing a shipping date of March 19th, which means the tablet – if ordered today – won’t arrive until March 21st or 22nd. This date will likely be moved back even more before the official release a week from today as more pre-orders stack up.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you’re totally out of luck if you want an iPad 3 on the date of release; in addition to online ordering, they will also be sold in Apple (and presumably AT&T and Verizon Wireless) retail stores starting March 16. Best Buy and Radio Shack may also have new iPads on day-one. Quantities will be limited.
While we don’t know anything about the iPad 3, there’s a lot we think we know, and most observers don’t expect a lot of (if any) surprises. So, the biggest question surrounding the new iPad has mostly been: when will it debut?
And we may now have an answer.
AllThingsD is reporting that Apple will announce the iPad 3 the first week of March. Of course, this has not been confirmed, but we’d be surprised if it turns out not to be the case – and this is the timeframe that we’d be expecting (March or April). Now the question is, how long after Apple announces the iPad 3 will the tablet ship?
In addition to a higher-resolution “Retina” display, the iPad 3 is expected to have a faster processor, a more powerful GPU, Bluetooth 4.0, and – possibly – LTE support. Check out more information on the upcoming iPad 3 at our iPad 3 Information Center.